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ALVES     Portuguese
Means "son of ÁLVARO".
ALVEY     English
Derived from the given name ÆLFWIG.
ALVIN     English
Variant of ELWYN.
AMADEI     Italian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADOR     Spanish
Derived from the given name AMADOR.
AMADORI     Italian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMALBERTI     Italian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEA     Italian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
AMATO     Italian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATORE     Italian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGI     Italian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMBROSI     Italian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMERIGHI     Italian
Means "son of AMERIGO".
AMJAD     Arabic
Derived from the given name AMJAD.
AMORETTO     Italian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
AMOS     Jewish
From the given name AMOS.
AMSEL (1)     Jewish
Derived from the given name ANSHEL.
AMSEL (2)     German
Means "blackbird" in German.
AMSING     Dutch
Means "AMSE's farm" in Dutch.
AMUNDSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of AMUND".
ANANIAS     Dutch
From the Latin given name ANANIAS.
ANDELA     Dutch
From the given name ANDREAS.
ANDERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ANDERS".
ANDERSON     English
Means "son of ANDREW".
ANDERSSON     Swedish
Swedish cognate of ANDERSON.
ANDONOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ANDON".
ANDRÉ     French
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ANDREAS     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREASEN     Danish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANDRÉASSON     Swedish
Variant of ANDREASSON.
ANDREASSON     Swedish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANDREEV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ANDREY".
ANDRÉS     Spanish
Derived from the given name ANDRÉS.
ANDRES     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREU     Catalan
From the given name ANDREU.
ANDREWS     English
Means "son of ANDREW".
ANDREWSON     English
Variant of ANDERSON.
ANDRIES     Dutch
Derived from the given name ANDRIES.
ANDRIESSEN     Dutch
Means "son of ANDRIES".
ANDRINGA     Dutch
Means "ANDRIES's farm" in Dutch.
ANDRYSIAK     Polish
Means "son of ANDRZEJ".
ANEMA     Frisian
Means "son of ANE (2)".
ANGELOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of ANGEL".
ANGENENT     Dutch
Referred to person who lived at the end of the road or the village, derived from Dutch an gen ent meaning "at the end".
ANGHELESCU     Romanian
Means "son of ANGHEL".
ANGIOLI     Italian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANHOLTS     Dutch
Originally denoted a person from Anholt in the Netherlands, which means "hold, rest" in Dutch (a place where people could rest for the night).
ANJEMA     Frisian
Denoted a person from the village of Anjum in the Netherlands. It possibly means "corner" in Dutch.
ANKER     Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning "anchor" in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
ANNEMA     Frisian
Means "son of ANNE (2)".
ANNEVELINK     Dutch
From Dutch aan 't veldink meaning "next to the little field".
ANSALDI     Italian
Means "son of ANSALDO".
ANSEL     English
Derived from the given name ANSELM.
ANSELMETTI     Italian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMI     Italian
Means "son of ANSELMO".
ANSON     English
Means "son of AGNES".
ANTAL     Hungarian
Derived from the given name ANTAL.
ANTALL     Hungarian (Rare)
Variant of ANTAL.
ANTEMA     Frisian
Means "son of ANTE (2)".
ANTHONYSON     English (Rare)
Means "son of ANTHONY".
ANTIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ANTONELLI     Italian
Means "son of ANTONELLO".
ANTONESCU     Romanian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONINI     Italian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINO     Italian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
ANTONIOU     Greek
Means "son of ANTONIOS".
ANTONIS     Greek, Dutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIS or ANTONIUS.
ANTONISE     Dutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIUS.
ANTONISEN     Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONOV     Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTUMA     Frisian
Variant of ANTEMA.
ANTÚNEZ     Spanish
Means "son of ANTONIO".
APELDOORN     Dutch
From the name of a city in the Netherlands, meaning "apple tree" in Dutch.
APOSTOLOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of APOSTOL".
APPELDOORN     Dutch
Variant of VAN APELDOORN.
APPELHOF     Dutch
Indicated a person who lived by or at an apple garden, from Dutch appel "apple" and hof "garden, courtyard".
APPELO     Dutch
Indicated a person who was from a farm called Aperloo, probably a derivative of appel meaning "apple".
APPERLO     Dutch
Variant of APPELO.
APPLEBY     English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English æppel "apple" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
APPLETON     English
From the name of several English towns, meaning "orchard" in Old English (a compound of æppel "apple" and tun "enclosure, yard").
APTED     English
Probably from an unidentified place name meaning "up tower" in Old English.
AQUILA     Italian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
AQUINO     Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy it is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARANY     Hungarian
Means "golden" in Hungarian. A famous bearer of the name was Hungarian poet János Arany (1817-1882).
ARAP     Turkish
Means "Arab" in Turkish.
ARAÚJO     Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
ARAUJO     Spanish
Spanish form of ARAÚJO.
ARAULLO     Filipino
Form of ARAÚJO especially common in the Philippines.
ARAYA     Spanish
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
ARBEID     Dutch
From Dutch arbeid meaning "work".
ARBEIDER     Dutch
From Dutch arbeider meaning "worker".
ARBEIT     German
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARBORE     Italian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARCE     Spanish
Means "maple tree" in Spanish.
ARCHAMBAULT     French
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARCHER     English
Occupational name for one who practiced archery, from Latin arcus "bow" (via Old French).
ARDELEAN     Romanian
From the Romanian region of Ardeal, also called Transylvania. It is possibly derived from Hungarian erdő meaning "forest".
ARDICCIONI     Italian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONE     Italian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINI     Italian
Means "son of ARDUINO".
ARECHAVALETA     Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Aretxabaleta in Spain. It means "oak trees" in Basque.
ARENA     Italian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARENAS     Spanish
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena meaning "sand".
ARENDONK     Dutch
Denoted a person from Arendonk, a town between in northern Belgium. It is derived from arend "eagle" and donk "hill".
ARENDS     Dutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARENDSEN     Dutch
Variant of ARENDS.
ARENTS     Dutch
Variant of ARENDS.
ARENTZ     Dutch
Variant of ARENDS.
ARGALL     Cornish
From a place name meaning "shelter, quiet place" in Cornish.
ARGYRIS     Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARIESEN     Dutch
Means "son of ARIS (2)".
ARISSEN     Dutch
Variant of ARIESEN.
ARITZA     Spanish, Basque
From Basque aritz meaning "oak tree". This was a nickname of Iñigo, the first king of Pamplona, Spain (9th century).
ARKEMA     Frisian
Means "son of ARKE".
ARKES     Dutch
Means "son of ARKE".
ARKWRIGHT     English
Occupational name for a chest maker, from Middle English arc meaning "chest, coffer" and wyrhta meaning "maker, craftsman".
ARLOTTI     Italian
Means "son of ARLOTTO".
ARMANDO     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANI     Italian
Means "son of ERMANNO".
ÁRMANNSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of ÁRMANN".
ARMATI     Italian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
ARMBRÜSTER     German
Variant of ARMBRUSTER.
ARMBRUSTER     German
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow". The word armbrust was originally from Latin arcuballista meaning "bow ballista", but was modified under the influence of German arm "arm" and brust "breast".
ARMISTEAD     English
Means "hermitage", indicating a person who lived near one, from Middle English ermite "hermit" and stede "place".
ARMSTRONG     English
Means "strong arm" from Middle English. Tradition holds that the family is descended from Siward, an 11th-century Earl of Northumbria. Famous bearers of this name include the Americans Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), a jazz musician, and Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), an astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon.
ARNESEN     Norwegian
Means "son of ARNE (1)".
ARNOLD     English
Derived from the given name ARNOLD.
ARNOLFI     Italian
Means "son of ARNOLFO".
ARNONI     Italian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARNTZ     Dutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARNTZEN     Dutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARNTZENIUS     Dutch
Latinate form of ARNTZEN.
ARREOLA     Spanish
Variant of ARRIOLA, found predominantly in Mexico.
ARRIGHETTI     Italian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHI     Italian
Means "son of ARRIGO".
ARRIGUCCI     Italian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRINGTON     English
From the name of a town in Cambridgeshire, originally meaning "Earna's settlement" in Old English (Earna being a person's nickname meaning "eagle").
ARRIOLA     Spanish, Basque
From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".
ARTERBERRY     English
Variant of ATTEBERRY.
ARTERBURY     English
Variant of ATTEBERRY.
ARTHUR     English, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
ARTHURSON     English
Means "son of ARTHUR".
ARTHURSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ARTHUR".
ARTS (1)     Dutch
Means "son of AART".
ARTS (2)     Dutch
Dutch cognate of ARZT.
ARTZ     Dutch
Means "son of AART".
ÅRUD     Norwegian
From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream", and rud, an old word meaning "clearing".
ARZT     Dutch
Means "doctor, physician" in German, ultimately from Latin archiater.
ASENOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ASEN".
ASH     English
From Old English æsc meaning "ash tree", indicating a person who lived near ash trees.
ASHLEY     English
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in England which bear this name. The place name itself is derived from Old English æsc "ash tree" and leah "woodland, clearing".
ASHWORTH     English
From an English place name meaning "ash enclosure" in Old English.
ASÍS     Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís in Spanish).
ASJES     Dutch
Variant of ASKES.
ASKES     Dutch
Means "son of Aske", a diminutive of ASSE.
ASLAN     Turkish
From the given name ASLAN.
ASSELMAN     Dutch
Denoted a person from Assel, Asselt or Hasselt, the name of communities in the Netherlands and Belgium. They derive from Germanic asc "ash tree" and lauha "woods on sandy soil", or hasal "hazel tree".
ASSENBERG     Dutch
From Dutch es meaning "ash tree" (plural essen) and berg meaning "mountain".
ASSENDORP     Dutch
From the name of a place called Assendorp, composed of essen and dorp, meaning "ash tree village".
ASSIES     Dutch
Means "son of ASSE".
ASSINK     Dutch
From a place name meaning "ASSE's farm".
ASTON (1)     English
From a place name meaning "east town" in Old English.
ASTON (2)     English
From the Old English given name ÆÐELSTAN.
ASTRAUSKAS     Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of OSTROWSKI.
ASTURIAS     Spanish
From the name of a region in Spain, formerly a medieval kingdom. It is possibly derived from Basque asta "rock" and ur "water".
ATANASOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of ATANAS".
ATCHISON     Scots
Scots form of ATKINSON.
ATELJEVIĆ     Serbian
Probably from Hatelji, the name of a town in Serbia, which is of unknown meaning.
ATKINS     English
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of ADAM.
ATKINSON     English
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of ADAM.
ATSMA     Frisian
Means "son of ATSE".
ATTAR     Persian
From Persian عطر ('atir) meaning "fragrance, perfume", ultimately from Arabic. It probably denoted a seller of perfume.
ATTAWAY     English
Means "at the way", originally denoting someone who lived close to a road.
ATTEBERRY     English
Means "dweller at the fortified town" from Middle English at and burh "fortified place".
ATTERBERRY     English
Variant of ATTEBERRY.
ATTWATER     English
Variant of ATWATER.
ATTWOOD     English
Variant of ATWOOD.
ATWATER     English
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the water".
ATWOOD     English
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the wood".
AUDLEY     English
From a place name meaning "EALDGYÐ's clearing" in Old English.
AUE     German
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUER     German
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUGUSTIN     French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUGUSTINE     English
From the given name AUGUSTINE (1).
AUKEMA     Frisian
Means "son of AUKE".
AUKES     Dutch
Dutch form of AUKEMA.
AUST     German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AUSTIN     English
Derived from the given name AUSTIN.
AUTEBERRY     English
Variant of ATTEBERRY.
AVAGYAN     Armenian
Means "son of AVAG".
AVAKIAN     Armenian
Variant transcription of AVAGYAN.
AVCI     Turkish
Means "hunter" in Turkish.
AVERESCH     Dutch
From a place name, possibly from a dialectal variation of Dutch over meaning "over" combined with esch meaning "ash tree".
AVERILL     English
Derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVERY     English
Derived from a Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.
AVESKAMP     Dutch
From a place name meaning "the edge of camp" in Dutch.
AVRAHAM     Hebrew
From the given name ABRAHAM.
AXELSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of AXEL".
AXELSSON     Swedish
Means "son of AXEL".
AYERS (1)     English
From Middle English eir meaning "heir".
AYERS (2)     English
Derived from the given name EALHHERE.
AYERS (3)     English
Indicated a person from the town of Ayr in Scotland. The town was named for the river which flows through it, itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
AYLMER     English
Derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR.
AYODELE     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name AYODELE.
AYTON     English
From the name of towns in Berwickshire and North Yorkshire. They are derived from Old English ea "river" or eg "island" combined with tun "enclosure, yard, town".
AZAROLA     Basque
Possibly from Basque azeri meaning "fox".
AZZARÀ     Italian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras) meaning "fisherman".
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